'''114 Kassandra''' is a large and dark main-belt asteroid
. It belongs to the rare T-type asteroid|class T
. It was discovered by Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters|C. H. F. Peters
on July 23, 1871, and is named after Cassandra
, the prophetess in the tales of the Trojan War
. The asteroid is featured in the 2009 film ''Meteor: Path to Destruction
'', in which it is split in two by a comet, and set on a collision course with Earth
This object is classified as a rare T-type asteroid
, with parts of the spectrum displaying properties similar to the mineral troilite
and to carbonaceous chondrite
The shape of the spectrum also appears similar to fine grain from the Ornans (meteorite)|Ornans
meteorite, which landed in France in 1868.
The light curve
for this asteroid displays a period of 10.758 ± 0.004 hours with a brightness variation of 0.25 ± 0.01...